LA County Airshow 2015
The Los Angeles County Air Show roared back to life over the Antelope Valley on March 20th and 21st. Headlining this second year show was the United States Air Force Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds. With a beautiful blue sky as a backdrop, and their white F-16s with red and blue trim, the Thunderbirds put on a show that held show goers of all ages breathless with their head to head passes and formation passes and manuevers. With such a rich history in our nations aviation heritage, William J. Fox Field is the perfect place to hold this annual show.
The United States Marine Corps participated with their AV-8B Harrier and amazed the crowd with it’s hovering capability and its ability to actually fly backwards, while the United States Navy demonstrated the F/A-18E Super Hornet’s sheer power and manuerverability. There were several civilian aerobatic perfomers, as well as skywriters and skydivers. The Plane’s of Fame were able to showcase their P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk, and their Yak-3, which all performed high speed passes and a few formation passes including a missing man formation. They also flew in their TBM Avenger and SBD Dauntless as static displays as well. One of the other highlights of the show was the flyover of ‘FIFI” on Saturday. ‘FIFI’ is the world’s last remaining B-29 Superfortress. Unfortunately on Sunday there was bad weather over the mountains between FIFI and the show and the B-29 was unable to attend.
After the inaugural show last year, I was wondering how they could match what they had accomplished in 2014. I was definitely not disappointed, and I am already looking forward to what’s in store for next year’s show. Already confirmed is they will once again host the United States Navy Blue Angels.
I want to thank Karen Strong for her incredible hospitality and giving me the incredible opportunity to cover Antelope Valley’s greatest new annual attraction.